By Shaun Busuttil @shaunbusuttil09 Dec 2015‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to stoke the flames of joviality than a few festive pints or wines or brandies. But let’s not kid ourselves even for a second. We all know that those few will turn into those many, and instead of berating ourselves over our lack of self-control it’s helpful to remember that we work in one of the booziest industries on the planet: the Travel Industry. There’s just no escape from free alcohol. So let’s help each other get through this Christmas party season with a few helpful tips and tricks that will minimise the pain, maximise the pleasure, and cruise through festive season in one piece! Eat a BIG lunch. Yes, I know the Christmas party will be catered for, and yes, I understand that sometimes it’s hard to fit in lunch when you’re busy making sales, following up, and being that superhero-travel-agent-rockstar that you are. But, if you want to survive the night without making an ass of yourself, and wake up the next morning even just slightly ready for the trek back to office, then make sure you have a big lunch on the day of the party. Eat big. Party big. Survive another day. It really is that simple. Drink lots of water. I’ve gotta confess something: the eat big, party big, survive another day formula is actually missing a vital component – water. Ah, H2o… It’s not only the compound responsible for life, but it’s also the compound that’s responsible for you surviving Christmas party season with your head above the toilet bowl. So commit to having a 1.5 litre bottle of the stuff at your desk at all times from 1 December to early January, and drink at it constantly. Especially when you’re partying. Alternate your beverage choice between water and beer, water and wine, water and whatever-your-poison. Stock up on helpful apps Last, but certainly not least, lets help each other navigate the potentially awkward seas of small talk with boring colleagues, obnoxious bosses, and just plain weird other revellers with the use of smartphone technology. The first app you should download is “Fake Call”. This handy app will be your escape route away from those awkward moments – the screen looks real, the caller ID is custom, and there’s even a fake answer recording. Up, up, and away! You may also want to download “Drunk Locker” (for Android) or “Social Lock” for iPhone. This app will save your from potential embarrassment by requiring you to pass a series of motor skill tests to determine your sobriety to prevent you from cringe worthy Facebook posts and text messages. Do you have any other tips to bestow on your Travel Agent kin? Share them in the comments below and let’s get through this together. Other stories you may like DREAMTIME: Excite help Agents re-kindle their clients’ imaginations CLIENTS AT FIRST SIGHT: New TV show aims to help agents find clients for life UNMISSABLE: Wed 21 March = BIG Prizes, epic food & drinks, Art vs Science’s Dan Mac + YOU!